January 31, 1997 |
The prevailing consensus in international affairs is that China will soon aggressively seek its place as a world power, a status it enjoyed for 2,000 years but lost in the last century. Accordingly, the regime that 92-year-old Deng Xiaoping will leave behind - a communist state bent on capitalist development - is seen as a threat and may have to be contained. But ideology notwithstanding, China is far from an emerging world power like Kaiser Wilhelm's Germany in the 1890s. The reason can be found in two interrelated trends and their implications for China's political and economic life.
February 24, 1998 |
When he took office in 1993, Bill Clinton promised the "most ethical administration" in American history. After that came Whitewater, "Paulagate," "FBI Filegate" [and] "Travelgate" . . . Now . . . even Clinton's supporters are asking whether he hasn't used up his credit. . . . How long can a world power be governed by a man who is the brunt of nightly jokes on TV?
September 14, 2004 |
The U.S. Soccer Federation is billing it as a "Fan Celebration Tour," a last chance to see Mia Hamm and some of her celebrated retiring teammates on the U.S. women's soccer team. Eight of the 10 cities on the tour have been announced, most of them yesterday. According to several sources, the ninth stop will be Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 6, when the United States plays Denmark. An official announcement of the Philadelphia stop is expected this week. None of the opponents is a world power.
April 20, 1999 |
The Women's World Cup, which is being billed as the largest women's sporting event in the world, will be held in the United States this summer. And even though the Philadelphia area will not be hosting a World Cup game, local soccer fans will have a chance to see some of the world's best teams in training at the United Sports Training Center in Downingtown. The United States team, one of the favorites in the 16-team field, is scheduled to begin two days of training this morning at the Marshallton-Thorndale Road facility.
November 2, 1997
Last week's summit visit by China's President Jiang Zemin bore an uncanny resemblance to the old U.S.-Soviet summits. President Clinton showed his determination to do business (strategically and commercially) with the leader of an emerging great power, but the debate between the two men over human rights was public and harsh. The formal staginess of the affair - with no signs of "bonding" between the leaders - reflected the many question marks about America's relationship with China.
July 15, 1997 |
The United States, spurred by strong play from Cardinal O'Hara graduate Kristin "Ace" Clement, won its first-ever gold medal in junior women's basketball, defeating defending champion Australia, 78-74, in overtime in Natal, Brazil, Sunday night. Clement, a 5-foot-11 guard who will attend Tennessee in the fall, averaged 11.1 points during the seven-game world championships, with a high game of 19 in Saturday's 90-77 semifinal victory over Slovakia. In the final, Clement scored nine points and had five steals in a game-high 41 minutes.
April 3, 1991 |
Our escapades in the Persian Gulf notwithstanding, the United States has learned a lot of tough lessons in recent years about its stature as a world power. First, we lost our lead in automobile manufacturing. Then, it was Olympic basketball. Most recently, U.S. pro baseball players lost a series of all-star games to the Japanese. Through it all, I remained calm because I believed that no matter how bad things got, America would never lose its position as the world's leading maker of violent action movies.
April 11, 1986 |
It's a new position for the United States and perhaps it shows that the country is standing tall, as they say, but earlier generations might have felt more shame than pride at seeing their country trying to overthrow, not one, but two foreign governments at the same time: Nicaragua and Libya. Fifty years ago when there was still a sizable body of opinion, much of it centered in the Republican Party, that believed America should mind its own business, there would have been mass meetings and a loud, long, public dissent at the White House's openly plotting to destroy another country's government, especially a country in distant and far-off Africa.
January 5, 1997 |
On the night of Oct. 27, 1898, an enormous arch standing across Broad Street in Philadelphia was set ablaze with lightbulbs to celebrate the U.S. victory in the Spanish-American War. The facade of the Union League was also set aglow in the largest combined display of electrical illumination the city had ever seen. It was a chance to rejoice in Uncle Sam's emergence as a world power. But in its extravagant burning of municipal electricity - a recent convenience in the 1890s - it was also a celebration of new technology that was helping to make the Nineties gay. On the eve of the 20th century, Americans generally believed that life was getting better.
October 12, 2005
Helping suburbs' elderly As I read how we will need to support seniors in the suburbs, I wondered if we are neglecting the strongest support that we have. Maybe we should turn our attention to the workforce that these seniors educated with their tax dollars - the young citizens of their own neighborhoods. High schools could foster a collaborative partnership with the aged in their communities by requiring the junior class, and particularly the senior class, to help in some capacity.